CHRISTIANITY: Basics explained
Regarding My Turn by Jessica Mahuron on Jan. 15. She claims to want dialogue and understanding but then expresses her own bigotry and misunderstanding by stating that “hate the sin but love the sinner” is disingenuous and insulting. She appears to have a fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity.
For example, Jesus Christ, who is the second person of the Trinity (God), became human to save us from an eternity in hell after death. However, we must be willing participants in God’s plan for us by turning away from our sinfulness. This requires that the individual reject their own willful desires and replace them with God’s will, and God is love.
Jesus was explicit in that if we love him in return, we must follow his commandments. Furthermore, Jesus was clear that he did not come to bring peace on Earth or to bring unity to all of humanity while we continue to embrace our sinfulness.
A significant part of the frame of mind of a Christian is the anticipation of what will happen after death. Trying to warn our neighbor away from heading toward an eternal disaster is for the Christian an act of love. Therefore, a Christian can recognize the image of God in our neighbor and love that person, but at the same time, be cognizant that the other person is in a state of grave sin. I suggest to the author to try to study what Christianity is before judging others so harshly.